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Old 11-27-2012, 12:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was looking online for LCA's for a '65 coupe with I6 when I came across a Shelby version. It looks stronger than the stock part. It's only $24 more. Anyone ever use them, if so are they interchangeable?
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't know about a "Shelby" LCA, but the one on the right with the pressed in ball joint is what I had in my '65 K-code GT.
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i use MOOG lca cause they are the best. for hipo use i use a sperical bearing in place of the rubber bushing.
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Neither is correct. The pressed-in ball hadn't even been invented. The Shelby and 6 cylinder car had the same control arms.

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Neither is correct. The pressed-in ball hadn't even been invented. The Shelby and 6 cylinder car had the same control arms.

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I don't know when, exactly, it was "invented", but I had a pressed in one separate from the LCA after whacking a giant pothole in the mid-seventies. Both LCA's had the pressed BJ and, to my knowledge, were both original to my San Jose hardtop.
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Don't know about a "Shelby" LCA, but the one on the right with the pressed in ball joint is what I had in my '65 K-code GT.
I'm not looking for stock, I'm looking for better while staying in a reasonable price range for a daily driver.

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i use MOOG lca cause they are the best. for hipo use i use a sperical bearing in place of the rubber bushing.
These are both MOOG off the Summit racing site.

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Neither is correct. The pressed-in ball hadn't even been invented. The Shelby and 6 cylinder car had the same control arms.

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Then these two MOOG parts are either an attempt to improve over the original or to reduce cost. which one of these is the question.

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I don't know when, exactly, it was "invented", but I had a pressed in one separate from the LCA after whacking a giant pothole in the mid-seventies. Both LCA's had the pressed BJ and, to my knowledge, were both original to my San Jose hardtop.
We don't have potholes in Virginia Beach and when I am out of town I try to avoid them.
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I did see an article on welding a plate to the bottom of the LCA to stiffen it up. Not original, but does it do the trick?
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I did see an article on welding a plate to the bottom of the LCA to stiffen it up. Not original, but does it do the trick?
Exactly! There are a number of ways to stiffen up the OE uppers and lowers. I think Branda or CJ's offers a kit that comes with a plate already cut and some hardware. Also, as SuperShifter mentioned, substituting a spherical bearing for the bushing helps.
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What is the deficiency of the stock LCA? Wouldn't the money be better spent elsewhere? ie 1" drop.
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I did see an article on welding a plate to the bottom of the LCA to stiffen it up. Not original, but does it do the trick?
I've been thinking about that but pretty much have decided not to do because of so many comments about the stock configuration being more than enough for street use. When I found this Shelby part I just figured for a few bucks more, stronger is better.

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I called Summit tech support and the tech looked the Shelby part up in the MOOG catalog and it is for '67 only on both Shelby and Base model,there site is wrong,. Maybe useful for the guys with '67's. I will try to get more info direct from MOOG and post it but I can't imagine a '67 LCA fitting a '65.

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John at ORP makes some really nice suspension parts!

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What is the deficiency of the stock LCA? Read bartl's post on potholes.

Wouldn't the money be better spent elsewhere? ie 1" drop.I don't due cheap on a car I'm fixing up for my grandson. Did the drop for $0. I guess if you had no tools it would cost you.
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